4 Mar | Posted by Cheryl Wilson | no comments |
Many people ask me, “do dogs need goggles to swim?” This is when I launch into my cognitive rationale about the benefit’s of a dog wearing goggles, and none of the reasons are related to swimming. Goggles are clearly important to the dog. Let me explain – Goggles actually provide protection for eyes, just like sunglasses protect the human eye. Here is the explanation of the importance for protecting the dog’s eyes:
Communication. Normally, we don’t think about eyes as a means of communication, but it is probably the biggest part of the way humans and animals communicate. Researchers report that most communication is as much as 93% nonverbal. Scientists studying the cognitive behaviors of dogs are uncovering the variety of ways dogs are able to communicate with humans and with each other. Recent studies have shown that dogs are able to read many of their human companion’s nonverbal cues. Dogs, as our family members, rely on their ability to read our body signals in order to understand what we are trying to convey to them, much the same way that infants are able to understand nonverbal messages of their parents. Many dogs have learned to understand our hand motions, the tilt of our head, the movement of our eyes, and even the point position of a toe or elbow. Dogs interacting with each other, understand the position of another dog’s ears, and the downward movement of the upper body as either aggression or “let’s play.” Dogs and humans understand the position of a dog’s body when they are afraid of us or of an uncomfortable situation. There are multiple methods of nonverbal communication that dogs and a dog person understand.
Knowing how important it is to a dog to be able to understand our body language, along with the body language of another dog, is the purpose of protecting our canine friend’s eyes. Dog’s eyes communicate many things to us. How often does your dog tell you he has done something wrong by squinting his eyes? Maybe they have told you where the treats are by just moving their eyes. How about how happy they are with those sparkling, shiny eyes, staring at you and the corners of their mouth turned up in a smile?
It is worth the $10.00 investment to protect our best friend’s eyes so that he can continue to understand us and we can understand him!
Here is my list of possible situations that could cause damage to dog’s eyes:
There is just one big challenge – getting them to wear the goggles. Some dogs will gladly put them on, while others, not so easily. If you start when they are puppies, it is easier for them to get used to having the straps around their head. Here are some suggestions for the late in life learners:
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